Freshman Congresswoman Nancy Boyda's partisan critics pounced this past week on her response to a reporter's question about whether gas taxes should be raised to pay for road improvements.Damn! Foiled by facts again!
"I don't know that any politician wants to stand up here today and say they support increasing the fuel tax, but that's how roads are built," Boyda said during a news conference.
State and national Republican groups blasted the statement, which was only printed in part.
"With fuel taxes too high, fuel prices through the roof and Kansans feeling the pinch, Nancy Boyda wants to raise our taxes," state GOP Chairman Kris Kobach said in a written statement.
But Boyda never actually indicated whether she supports raising the tax.
The part of her quote that didn't make it into print:
"Again, I don't think there's a real stomach for putting more into a gas tax or raising it, which then comes to the question of how are we going to pay for it?" Boyda said of the road funding issue.
Sorry Christian & Kris...so close!